The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has made it compulsory for private hospitals to report online the number of patients infected by dengue,malaria and other communicable diseases,failing which their licences will not be renewed.
Dr S T Pardeshi,acting chief medical officer of PMC,told Newsline that of the 200 general hospitals registered with the civic body,70 have already started sending the details. In September the city reported 137 cases of dengue while there were 68 cases till mid-October,added Pardeshi.
Following the feedback from the hospitals,the municipal health authorities will conduct a container study by visiting 100 such homes in the area where the cases of dengue have been reported.
Pardeshi said dengue is caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which breeds in stagnant water. Intermittent rains also pose a problem as water collects in shells or tyres,which need to be emptied. He said management of water in households is very crucial.
In our surveys,we found out that most of the households on Sinhagad Road and other areas in the outskirts were the most affected, said Pardeshi. There were 13 cases of dengue in July while the figure shot up to 31 in August,he said.
Dr Milind Jawale,medical officer,national health programme,Pimpri- Chinchwad,told Newsline that there were 13 confirmed cases of dengue and 26 cases of malaria in September.
Giving a break up of the cases that tested positive by the National Institute of Virology,Jawale said there were 9 confirmed cases of dengue in July and six in August.
Dr D B Kadam,head of the Department of Medicine,Sassoon General Hospital,said there have been a rise in the number of cases of patients with fever,body ache and drop in platelet count. There is a slight increase in the number of cases of malaria and dengue,he said.
Dr V M Khanande,state malaria officer,said there were 762 cases in Maharashtra from January till September this year with 18 deaths. As many as 504 cases of dengue with three deaths are from Mumbai,Khanade said.